Is there a better time of year than the one we are currently entering? It’s hard to think of a season in which so many things are happening that can appeal to almost everybody!
Think about how many things there are to do now that the leaves have changed colors. If the outdoors is where you find your comfort-zone, then the beginning of deer season is a welcome sight for you. If you’d rather enjoy athletic adventures from the comfort of your own living room, then there can surely be no better time as the bowl season of collegiate football draws near. Some folks find little appeal in hunting or sports, but anticipate this time of year for the family gatherings and other social occasions this time of year seems to invite. You certainly can’t talk about this time of year without discussing food! Food! It’s truly a remarkable time to have an appetite, isn’t it? And, lastly, others look forward to these days because of the opportunity that a new year represents. A new year means new chances and new chances mean we can make things right!
With so many fantastic days ahead and our calendars quickly filling up, this would be a good time to remember our priorities.
Two notes before proceeding:
1) None of the activities mentioned above are bad. They are all good and fun and add to the pleasantness of our lives while on this earth. Like many other things, activities and hobbies are good, add value to our lives, and can be used to draw us closer to each other. However, this time of year, because of how hectic schedules tend to become, has a tendency to overshadow our true priority in life.
2) I use the word “remember” in the admonishment to remember our priorities. This word was chosen because I am confident that those who will be reading this are fully aware that are lives are to be completely dedicated to God and need no new teaching on this subject. Thus, the point of this article is simply to remind of the lessons we already know.
For the remainder of this article, let’s simply read, think on, and remember several verses that would be good to keep in mind as a fun, yet busy time of the year approaches.
“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1, 2
“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4